Choir and Music
Singing in the Choir of Peterhouse in the atmospheric, intimate and candlelit Chapel is a wonderful and unique experience. Applications for Choral Scholarships are now open: if you would like the chance to join the choir, please click here for details of how to apply. If you would like any more information, our Director of Music would be very happy to hear from you - please email him. The deadline for applications for entry in 2018 is now past, though there may be a chance to audition for the Choir when you arrive in Cambridge in October - please email the Director of Music. The deadline for applications for next year's Choral Scholarship auditions will be in February 2019. For more information, click here.
Music this term
The current music list can be downloaded here.
About the choir
'...a stunning performance...' E-Luminate Trail of Light 2015
'... an incredible sound...' Canterbury Cathedral
Peterhouse Chapel Choir is a friendly and diverse group of singers drawn from the student body of the College and beyond. The Choir consists of about twenty auditioned mixed voices who receive exhibitions or scholarships, singing music from across the centuries in our beautiful candle-lit Chapel. Until recently, the Choir has been directed by undergraduate Organ Scholars; but in a recent and exciting new development, the College has appointed its first Director of Music, Dr Simon Jackson, who is responsible for the music in Chapel and across the College more widely. Dr Jackson is always delighted to hear from prospective students or members of the College interested in joining the Chapel Choir, and to provide information and guidance on applying for a Choral or Organ Scholarship at Peterhouse: for more information on these awards, please email him.
While the time commitment is relatively low, the Choir's musical standards are consistently high. Because the Choir is relatively small, for singers it represents an unparalleled opportunity to play a vital role in a tight-knit and intimate ensemble. Many go on to cathedral choral scholarships or postgraduate vocal studies.
Choral Evensong is sung twice weekly during Full Term, on Wednesdays (at 6.30pm, Michaelmas and Lent Term only) and Sundays (at 6pm). Choral Eucharist is sung once a term at a 6pm service of Corporate Communion. The Choir also sings grace in hall for the four annual College Feasts.
The Choir tours regularly to some of the finest destinations in Europe and beyond. Recently, tours have flown the Choir to such contrasting destinations as Edinburgh, Venice, Latvia, Tuscany, Provence, Andalucia and Iceland. All such trips are generously subsidised by the College, which is extremely supportive towards the Choir and Organ Scholars.
Members of the Choir receive singing lessons from Ian Kennedy and Nigel Wickens.